The Whitney Players Theater Company is a unique artistic and educational resource for Hamden, Greater New Haven, and beyond. We offer youngsters of all ages, from preschool and elementary school through middle school, high school and college the opportunity to learn all aspects of theater from performance to production. They learn through classes, and they learn by doing as cast members in our productions. They learn by working on stage with experienced adult performers. Our youngsters develop skills and talents that often propel them to feature roles in middle, high school and college productions. More than that, they develop self-confidence and poise that will serve them well throughout their lives, whether they choose to pursue theatrical careers or not.
Our community also benefits greatly because Whitney Players musical theater productions provide affordable, high quality entertainment. In fact, we offer Broadway quality at community theater prices. Our shows over the last decade have included popular and powerful musicals such as West Side Story, Hairspray, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, The Wiz, Damn Yankees and Anything Goes. We routinely play to sold out venues and enthusiastic audiences who have told us many times that our productions are as good if not better than what they have seen on Broadway. More important than this kind of praise is the sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that the youngsters in our productions receive when the hard work they have put in is displayed on stage for all to see and appreciate.
As a community-based non-profit organization, we face a continuing challenge of finding the funding and support to be able to put on productions of such high quality. Quality is not inexpensive, but we do everything it takes to offer the community theatrical productions that are they best they can be. With the continued support of our community, The Whitney Players Theater Company will continue to provide the unique artistic and educational experience that we have consistently offered our students, cast members, and audiences since we started our company.
Running a nonprofit is difficult during good times, but especially difficult during a recession. Since the inception of The Whitney Players in 2002, the expenses for putting on a full length musical have increased 200%. Unfortunately, at the same time, parents are finding it more difficult to pay for their child’s tuition and advertisers are having a much more difficult time finding funds for local advertising. Our company relies heavily on ad sales and registration fees. We do not have our own rehearsal/performance space and every time we rent a local school, the fees are higher than the preceding show. As much as the costs go up, the people we need to serve grow in numbers. There are more children who can benefit from our program if we have the scholarships in place to assist with their registration costs. Some families have multiple children and can only afford to sign one up for each program. Other families have had to cut back on their children’s involvement with the arts to make ends meet within their own families. We are constantly trying to help these families out. It is our desire to be able to allow any child with an interest in the arts to participate in our program, but production costs have made this very difficult.
The New Haven Register visited Summer Camp during the production of Cinderella. Young performers express their feelings about being in the show, and give a free sample in the article below!http://www.nhregister.com/articles/2011/07/08/entertainment/doc4e161368b48f3332265849.txt
Cindy worked as the Assistant Director at Act 2 Theatre on the Albertus Magnus College campus under the direction of Albert DeFabio for 12 years. Her tenure there includes such productions as Evita, Guys and Dolls, Company, Pippin and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Other shows have included Little Shop of Horrors, Camelot, Anything Goes, Godspell, Runaways, The Wiz, Jesus Christ Superstar, West Side Story and Cabaret. Cindy directed student productions of Vanities, Same Time Next Year and Bleacher Bums.
Cindy received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Performing Arts from Albertus Magnus. She was the Co-Director of the Rabbit Hutch Day Care for twenty years and has taught Theatre Games and Creative Dramatics after-school classes at Ridge Road School in North Haven and Shepherd Glen in Hamden.
Cindy directed the Whitney Players premier production of Damn Yankees in 2003, followed by Anything Goes, The Wiz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Odd Couple (Female Version), High School Musical, Beauty and the Beast, The Magical Land of Oz, Back to the 80s: The Awesome Musical, Seussical, Jr., Willy Wonka, Godspell, Annie, Pippin ,The Jungle Book, West Side Story, Footloose, Hairspray, Godspell, Jr., 13-The Musical and Shrek-The Musical. In keeping with the educational mission of the company, she has conducted fun yet intensive acting workshops, each involving more than two dozen young people in drama coaching through the production of small, one act plays, and plans another workshop for the fall.
She also directed Guys and Dolls, Jr. and Footloose at the High Lane Club as well as The Magical Land of Oz at West Woods School in Hamden with a cast and crew of over 180 children. Cindy also directed The Jungle Book for North Haven’s Ridge Road School.
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